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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: a warning from merkel. the german chancellor says europe can no longer rely on the united states and britain, a second day of chaos for thousands of passengers with british airways — as computer failures continue. another brazilian leader under pressure. thousands rally on copacabana beach to accuse president temer of massive corruption. no cannes do? joaquin phoenix walks off with a best actor prize at the film festival but has to apologise for his footwear. hello. for decades germany has stood
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shoulder to shoulder with america and the uk. but in the wake of brexit and the election of donald trump, might that be about to change? the country's chancellor, angela merkel, has warned that europe can no longer completely depend on its old allies and that europeans had to take their destiny in their own hands. it follows a g7 summit that chancellor merkel called very difficult and unsatisfactory. caroline davies reports. a loud reception and a giant pretzel, angela merkel received a large warm welcome campaigning in munich, but the german leader had less warm words for america and britain — german and europe can no longer rely on you. translation: we europeans must really take our fate into our own hands. of course, in friendship with the united states of america, in friendship with great britain, and as good neighbours wherever that is possible, also with other countries,
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even with russia, but we have to know that we must fight for our own future on our own, for our destiny as europeans, and that is what i want to do together with you. unusually direct and passionate words for the chancellor, perhaps less of a surprise after the rather cool few days in the company of president trump. at his first meeting of g7, the american president refused to confirm whether he would commit to the paris accord, an agreement to reduce greenhouse gases to help combat climate change. angela merkel was not impressed. translation: the entire discussion about climate was very difficult if not to say very dissatisfying. but has she been too hasty? some political commentators think she might have been. i think it's somewhat irresponsible and she'll live to regret having said it, i'm sure. trump is still a president in progress, a work in progress, i keep saying.
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we still have to hope for better days yet. merkel‘s relationship with the former us president barack obama was not perfect. there were allegations that the american national security agency had tapped her phone. good to see all of you. cheering and applause. but obama's rockstar welcome in berlin on thursday shows which president germany and her leader feel more comfortable with. under trump the gulf between the two countries is widening. the chancellor has four months until the german election. being pro—europe might win her friends at home, but beyond europe it might not go down quite so well. caroline davies, bbc news. earlier i spoke to daniel drezner, professor of international politics at the fletcher school of law and diplomacy. i asked him if he though angela merkel comment's were too
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hasty or a true reflection of the state of affairs at the moment. i have to assume that the comments were based notjust on what happened at the nato and g7 summits, late last week, but also merkel‘s one—on—one with president trump back in march. and it's worth remembering, angela merkel is not someone who does something terribly rashly. so the fact that she decided to go forward with these comments suggests that she had clearly given them some thought, i would assume, before saying what she said on saturday. do you think there is an attempt at this to try and put france and germany now very much at the centre of europe going forward? i don't think there is any doubt about that. i think one of the ways in which recent events probably prompted her to say this was the fact that macron won of the french election and therefore she feels she has a true partner in paris in the way that perhaps she did not for quite some time. further more i think it painted a stark contrast between continental europe, which seems to want to push forward with the union, and the us
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and great britain both of which, in recent referenda or recent elections have seemed to somehow step away from what was previously common shared values on these questions. might it also be a message to some of her european partners who are less keen on forging an ever—closer union that it is going to be happening anyway? that's one possibility, the other possibility is, obviously merkel is not necessarily the most popular politician outside of germany, within the europen union, for a variety of reasons. this is one way in which merkel can manage to simultaneously rally her base at home but also point to more disgruntled members of the european union and to say if you think i am bad, consider what the alternatives are. give us an idea ofjust how low this might put us—europe, uk—europe relations? think about back to 2002, when gerhard schroder was re—elected prime minister of germany in no small part
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because he ran against, at that point, the prospect of the us and un invading iraq. despite a lot of high tension and accusations by hte us about old europe and so on, no one ever questioned whether nato was going to continue as a viable alliance. what we are talking about now is clearly something, a much deeperfissure, in that sense. it might be papered over going forward. certainly there are elements of the trump administration that clearly want to indicate commitment to article five and want go forward in terms of nato, but the fact that president trump is clearly somewhat truculent on this issue and also the fact that he has demonstrated a clear reluctance to adhere to the paris climate change treaty, and has given pretty strong hints that he is going to pull out of that treaty this week, suggests that merkel is almost pre—empting trump's move away from sort of western liberal international order.
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british airways passengers have suffered a second day of chaos and disruption as the airline struggled to restore service following a major it failure on saturday. more than one—third of flights departing from london heathrow were cancelled on sunday, leaving many passengers stranded. british airways say a normal service will run from gatwick on monday, and a full long—haul service from heathrow. joe lynam reports. for some ba customers, it had been a long, uncomfortable night. bleary passengers this morning, still hoping to catch their plane. even free bottles of water in a heavily congested at terminal 5 failed to cool some people's mood. it's just a lot of moving around, standing in lines and lack of information. i think it's too big that they don't know what to do with it. we've been in the line for about five hours, we have no idea how much longer we'll be here and we're getting no communication from the staff.
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sarah booth and herfamily should be on holiday in budapest. instead she is stuck having lunch at a pub near heathrow. she was told by ba to come to the airport, only to find the flight was cancelled. we only travelled based on the fact our fight was still running and we had been told by ba to make sure all flights were running, before we left home and we did that. you've come from? malvern in worcestershire and my sister and herfamily have come from folkestone in kent. ba passengers in rome have been told it might be tuesday before they get home. some travelled here by train from naples, after spending hours on a plane there yesterday that never took off. we've been booked on a flight from here to barcelona, and barcelona to london, but our barcelona fight has been delayed an hour and so we have 30 minutes to get the connecting flight in the hope we get back to london tonight. otherwise we've got to wait two days. as thousands of people waited in a packed heathrow, dozens of flights were cancelled
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and many more will not depart as the airline struggled to reset its global network after a major power failure. that, for some aviation insiders, is inexcusable. what seems remarkable is that there was no back—up system kicking in within minutes of the whole system failing. there wasn't even a third back—up. businesses of this size need systems backed up all the time. that's what passengers expect and rely on. but confusion still abounds. some passengers have been told their flight is cancelled online and then get the exact opposite message when they call the airline to confirm. this problem looks set to persist for far more than just a few hours. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. hundreds of demonstrators have blocked the main streets in the centre of the moroccan capital, rabat, in support of the protests taking place in the north of the country that
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have been growing in intensity for seven months. tension has been high since friday when violence broke out in the town of al—hoceima, as police tried to arrest a well—known activist when he interrupted a prayer ceremony at a local mosque. russia has entered the highly competitive air travel market by launching its first post—soviet mainline commercial aircraft. the ms—2i, which hasjust completed its maiden flight, will be going head—to—head with the popular boeing 737 and airbus a320. analysts say russia is keen to rejuvenate industrial production, as it feels the squeeze of western sanctions over ukraine. and japan has a history maker in motor sport. takuma sato has become the first person from his country to win the indianapolis 500 race. he took the lead with just five laps to go to deny the brazilian, helio castroneves, a record equalling fourth win. sato, who spent seven seasons as a formula i driver before switching, called
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the win unbelievable. the british security service, mi5, will carry out an inquiry into how it missed the danger posed by a suicide bomber who killed twenty—two people in an attack on a pop concert in manchester last monday. there have been claims that the authorities were repeatedly warned in advance that salman abedi could pose a threat. on sunday, the victims were remembered in church services and on the streets, as thousands of people took part in the great manchester run. 0ur correspondent chris buckler reports from manchester. in the centre of manchester, tens of thousands ran in remembrance and in defiance. holding this race just days after a suicide bomb attack was, in itself, sending a message. it has been an exceptionally difficult week for everybody but greater manchester is saying we will get through it and go forward together.
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this simple act of gathering together after a bombing that left so many families grieving expressed a sentiment that only a few could find the words for. do something through courage and through pain. do something for someone that you care for. do something to help out with the cost. do something for someone that you're there for. do something for someone that you've lost. yet this attempt to return to normality exposed what has become, at least for the moment, the new normal. armed officers and extra security are now an obvious presence, here to offer reassurance, but they're also a reminder of what happened in manchester less than a week ago. yes, i was a bit nervous, i'm here with my husband. if anything else could have happened, you know. . .. i've got children at home, so i did think twice, i'm not going to lie but i'm here.
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bell tolls. people paid their respects all along the race route. and at services nearby in manchester cathedral. today we remember megan hurley, elaine mciver, courtney boyle, philip tron... there, the names of each one of the 22 people killed on monday were read out. chloe rutherford, liam curry... the family and friends of one of them, martyn hett, celebrated his life this evening in stockport. like so many others, they are trying to move on means remembering, not forgetting. that leaves manchester still in need of both support and reassurance. chris buckler, bbc news, manchester.
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a protest concert on copacabana beach in brazil has been attended by thousands calling for president michel temer to resign. he's embroiled in a corruption scandal with allegations he took millions of dollars in bribes. the bbc‘s katy watson was there. the weather here in rio is miserable but it is not stopping people coming out onto the streets to get their voices heard. the atmosphere is very different from what we sawjust a few days ago in brasilia, where protests erupted into violence, but the message here is the same, people are carrying placards and waving flags, all saying that temer has to go. president temer is not a popular president but these past few weeks though have been huge after some audio were leaked to a brazilian paper implicating him in authorizing a bribe to an imprisoned law maker. all of this, of course, is just upping the pressure for president temer to go but he maintains his innocence and refuses to step down.
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now, the next few weeks are really important for brazil. in earlyjune, the electoral court will decide whether or not to annul the 2014 presidential election — if they do, then temer has to go immediately. but this is brazil and politics here are always surprising. if it is any more drawn out, one thing is for certain, the anger willjust increase. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the 70th cannes film festival has ended with the coveted palme d'0r prize being won by a swedish film that veers between comedy and thriller. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events to aid famine relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars hope will be thousands of queues started forming at 7am. taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot as the liverpool fans broke out
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of their area and into the juve ntus enclosure. the belgian police had lost control. the whole world will mourn the tragic death of mr nehru today. he was the father of the indian people from the day of independence. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than a500 episodes. the chat show has made her one of the richest people on the planet. geri halliwell, otherwise known as ginger spice, has announced she's left the spice girls. i don't believe it, she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri, why? this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the german chancellor, angela merkel, has warned that europe can no longer completely depend on the united states and britain following the election of president trump and brexit. british airways says it intends
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to operate a full long—haul schedule from heathrow on monday, along with most of its short—haul flights, after a weekend of disruption caused by computerfailure. north korea appears to have launched another missile which reportedly landed inside japan's exclusive economic zone. it's thought to have been fired from near the north korean coastal city of wonsan. japan has strongly condemned the launch. president trump has been notified of the move. earlier, i spoke to bruce bennett, defence analyst with the rand corporation and i asked him what kind of missile he thought it was, and if it was related to the launches we have seen recently. the last two weekends have been longer—range missiles — 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000km—range missiles. this missile was only fired a50
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kilometres and had a short, six minute flight time. that means it is closer to the scud—class missile. there was a new missile shown at the parade in april. that may be what it is, the kn—i7. in particular, what purpose does this missile have for that short ofa range? the missile itself has fins. also close to the end of the missile where you have the warhead — that suggests it's the design for terminal guidance. it would be something that takes it close to the target — a carrier—killer perhaps. 0r or something that would need to ride very close to the target. what does this tell us about the capability of north korea and the missiles that it has? well, it would appear that something like this missile has been tested several times, in especially in the april time frame.
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those failed. this one finally succeeded. so north korea takes a while sometimes to get so north korea takes a while sometimes to actually work. once they do, we should be more concerned about them. this is another advance. they are pushing across a wide range, making us wonder about why they are doing so much. bruce bennett from the rand corporation there. let's go to the philippines, where government troops are battling to retake the southern city of marawi from rebels linked to the so—called islamic state group. while many residents have fled the city, 2,000 civilians are believed to be trapped. at least 19 civilians have been killed. 0ur south—east asia correspondent jonathan head has the latest. gunfire. this has proven to be a much tougher fight than the government expected. soldiers from the philippines armed forces are trying to move forward to recapture parts of marawi, but they have to be careful and slow.
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gunfire. the insurgents are well armed. they positioned snipers in buildings across the city. at times, the government has used air strikes to try to dislodge them. until recently — over the past year — they have been effective in fighting the military. they have links to jihadist militants in neighbouring countries and count themselves an ally of the so—called islamic state in syria. these people fled the fighting this weekend. most of the population of marawi has already been displaced. some of them watched as the insurgents took over their city. translation: it was terrifying. they were so young and so heavily armed. the death toll is rising — not all casualties from battle.
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the bodies of eight men were found here, thrown from the road into a ravine. they'd been shot in the head, their hands tied. the group of unlucky workers who police believe raun —— the group of unlucky workers who police believe ran into an insurgent checkpoint at night. thousands more of the residents of marawi still don't know when they can go home. this is an embarrassment for president duterte, a mindanao native who had promised to bring peace to the island. he has declared martial law. but other presidents before him have talked tough, only to flounder. this is a convoluted conflict which has lasted for half a century. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. the number of people known to have died in severe flooding in sri lanka has risen to just over 150. it's now thought that nearly 500,000 people have been forced out of their homes in the worst flooding for well over a decade. but now, forecasters are predicting more rain. the bbc‘s charles haviland reports. the worst floods in years have
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turned streets to rivers near kalutara, in western sri lanka. there are warnings dengue fever may break out, created by mosquitoes breeding in the stagnant waters. but more deadly, up to now, the mudslides the rain has triggered, like this one. they have sent mud and boulders careering into people's homes, devastating families. large tracts of land are flooded. here, the airforce is dropping and delivering relief supplies to stranded people. some of the most vulnerable have been airlifted. for others, improvised displacement camps have sprung up. even the elderly say they've never seen floods like these. and still, the rains come. here, home—made rafts and boats are getting people to safety. in the silent backwaters, most homes have been evacuated. rescue workers find some people still inside and bring them to safety.
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a second naval vessel from neighbouring india has now put in, carrying relief material, including rescue boats and medicines. the red cross and un agencies are also involved. the authorities say aid is now reaching the remotest places. but it will be a long, long time until these deep waters recede. the 70th cannes film festival has drawn to a close with the coveted award being won by a swedish film, the square. the cannes film festival is a place where celebrity meets art and creativity. celebrity meets creativity. this is a place that is takes filmmaking very seriously. the square. that makes this year's winner of the palme d'0r such a surprise.
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a swedish comedy causing upset. reuben 0stland is thrilled. it is fantastic. i am so happy they chose a film dealing with this kind of content. and, yeah, we aimed to do a funny movie that dealt with important questions at the same time. i am happy they chose this. the square, a satire about a pr stunt which went awry, talking about the dictatorship of political correctness. it was described by the jury as a rich masterpiece. diane kruger. 0ther winners were diane kruger, who played a woman trying to put her life back together after her family were killed in a bomb attack in in the fade. joaquin phoenix looked stunned when he was given best actor
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for his role as a hit man. he apologised for his clothes — his shoes were sent home by mistake. still, a night to celebrate for all of those who won. at another year to celebrate the art of filmmaking. congratulations to those winners. a reminder of our top stories, angela merkel has warned europe can no longer depend on the united states oi’ longer depend on the united states or britain following the election of president trump and brexit. she said europeans must take their destiny into their own hands. stay with us for the other headlines up shortly and of course plenty more on our website. this is bbc news. hello.
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this is the shape of things to come, rather than what we saw for many, at least, during the course of sunday, which was a decent enough day for many. 0ur weather watchers were out in force yet again. but it really clouded up in southern parts through the afternoon and on into the evening. that came as we began to see the first signs of very humid air piling its way out of france across the channel, up into the southern part of the british isles. and then, late in the day, thunderstorms brewing up in the south of france. some will go overnight into the southern half of britain. very muggy fare here. something much fresher into the northern parts of scotland where it will start dry on monday. that will not last all day, i assure you, because there is a general progression of the cloud and rain from the north of england and northern ireland, ever further north into scotland. by the middle part of the day, there will be some brightness just about holding on and then down across the murray firth as well. further south than that, murky.
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drizzly rain. the odd burst in northern ireland. and it will be there to be had, too, in parts of the north of england and down into wales. somewhat drier conditions in the south. a very close feeling. and if you get a bit of brightness, those temperatures will rocket higher in the afternoon. but it may also spawn some showers in east anglia and the south—east. 0ut towards the west and down the south—west of england, we may well see some very violent thunderstorms. with some sunshine, you could add a—5 degrees through cardiff and over towards the london area. through the evening, a migration of thunderstorms, if they do break out, ever further towards the east. all the while, there's still the danger of something coming out of france, pushing north on the breeze. cloud and rain is there to be had all the while across northern scotland, even as we start tuesday. we have been between two weather systems.
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a lot of cloud hanging on in the north of scotland. murky conditions. through the day, the weather front will push smartly through northern ireland, bringing rain to scotland, going through the north and west of england, and down in the wales. it will take an age before it gets down to the far south—eastern corner. once that is away, pressure builds in. wednesday is looking glorious with some very pleasant spring sunshine. take care. goodbye for now. this is bbc news. the headlines: angela merkel, has warned that europe can no longer depend on the united states and britain, following the election of president trump and brexit. the german chancellor said europeans must take their destiny into their own hands. british airways says it intends to operate a full schedule of long—haulflights and a ‘high proportion‘ of its short—haul programme from heathrow on monday —
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after a weekend of disruption caused by a computer failure. it says all flights will run from gatwick as normal. thousands of people have rallied in rio dejaneiro, calling on brazil's president to step down over allegations of corruption. a supreme court investigation has released testimony alleging that michel temer took millions of dollars in bribes, and a number of parties have left his governing coalition. now on bbc news, as part of hardtalk‘s 20—year anniversary,
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